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We just had our downstairs flooring installed and it looks beautiful. I’ll do a post on that shortly. In the meantime I wanted to share another DIY that is relatively quick, easy, and an impressive way to package up a gift for someone special. It’s a great idea for Father’s Day, Christmas, or a Birthday.

Joe had some leftover scrapwood from a nearby floor installer that he got for free. He got the idea to make a cool vintage-inspired shipping crate to present some bottles of whiskey to a few men in my family. Take a peek and tell us what you think.

Vintage-Inspired DIY Wooden Shipping Crate Project // featuring Hudson Whiskey



• scrap wood or plywood from your local hardware store (in this case we used leftover hardwood cut-offs from a local floor installer, they were mostly long skinny pieces and free!)

• excelsior, shredded newsprint, even hay – some kind of packaging material to pull off the vintage/old-school look and sturdy enough to support a bottle of whiskey (I got mine from a local art supply store but you can buy online, here)

• a bottle of liquor (or another other idea you might have)


• chop saw (you can also simply use a hand saw)

• pneumatic nail gun (again you can just use small nails and a hammer)

• carpenter’s square (optional: just for squaring stuff up)

• tape measure

• earplugs

• safety glasses


1) Measure the bottle of liquor. Add 3-4 inches in each dimension around the item to leave room for packing material. Our bottle of whiskey was on the small side but we kept plenty of room for the packaging material to prevent the bottle from breaking in transit

2) Figure out the vertical length dimension. Since crates have six sides we wanted to simply figure out the vertical lengths first.

3) Start cutting the vertical lengths.

4) Lay out the vertical lengths in the width you desire. Again, in our case the widths of those vertical pieces of scrap wood were already cut so after cutting the vertical length Joe simply used the carpenter square and lined up the left side and then the right side to hit the measurement he wanted then he added the third piece of wood in the middle and let the spacing in between the wood determine itself. This sounds complicated but it really wasn’t.

5) Add a small horizontal cross-brace to hold the vertical lengths together. After the above step Joe eye-balled what a good horizontal length would be to hold the pieces together and then cut 8 identical pieces. Make sure you don’t put those horizontal lengths too close to the edge or you’ll have trouble assembling.

6) Nail the cross-brace pieces to the top and bottom sides of the vertical lengths to create a side. Repeat this for all four vertical sides.

5) Create the tube. Nail all the four assembled sides together (side note: Joe was quick about this you can definitely take more care when nailing them together, he was going for the hand-made look)

7) Now that you have your tube measure the inside dimensions to determine the size you need for the top and bottom pieces.

8) Cut what you need for the top and bottom pieces and assemble. You can see that Joe only used two pieces each for the top and bottom sides; a smaller piece and a larger piece. That was random based on the scrap wood we had but I think it looks good. Add some braces to hold them together and assemble.

You’re all done. Before you close it up though don’t forget to add your gift and excelsior!

Side note: After Joe made the first crate he did not assemble the other crates in a tube fashion. Instead he cut all sides and then assembled everything except the front piece (instead of leaving the top and bottom for last). He took the front pieces to laser cut at work before finally nailing the crate closed.

The family members who received one of these customized crates loved them but were also a little perplexed on how to open them. Joe thought that would be a fun challenge for them and more interactive than your typical Christmas gift. Everyone got them open though without damaging the crate and they were all re-purposed and displayed.

If you have questions feel free to ask!

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